The Securities Commission Malaysia Approves EdgeProp as First Property Crowdfunding Platform in Malaysia

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has registered EdgeProp Sdn Bhd as the first “Recognised Market Operator” to establish and operate a property crowdfunding platform in Malaysia. EdgeProp was granted an approval in principle in September 2019.

EdgeProp currently provides a portfolio of services for the property/rental market in Malaysia, including valuations and other data points. The addition of providing a financing solution for qualified properties should fit well into existing platform services.

In May of 2019, SC updated the rules pertaining to online capital formation seeking to better encourage the emerging ecosystem. At that time, SC chairman Datuk Syed Zaid Albar explained that they will continue to facilitate the development of innovative digital solutions which democratizes access to investments while broadening financing options available for all Malaysians.

“The introduction of ECF [equity crowdfunding] and P2P [peer to peer] financing provides an alternative source of capital for MSMEs to fund business expansion, finance working capital and meet other financial requirements,” stated Zaid.

“Property Crowdfunding” or PCF is an initiative announced in the 2019 Budget to provide an alternative financing avenue for first-time homebuyers through a property crowdfunding scheme. The Commission believes that property crowdfunding offers the same potential as that of equity crowdfunding and peer to peer financing platforms in providing an alternative source of financing. PCF is specifically tailored for first-time homebuyers. The Commission also believes that investors will benefit by accessing a new asset class.

Malaysia persists as a forward-thinking jurisdiction when it comes to Fintech including crowdfunding and peer to peer lending. In June of 2019, SC approved three regulated digital asset exchanges.

The SC specifically noted that it is an offense under the securities laws to operate a crowdfunding platform without authorization from the SC.

A list of approved market operators is available here. As of today, the following platforms are registered to operate in Malaysia.

General

  • Bay Supply Chain Technology Sdn Bhd
  • Bursa Malaysia Bonds Sdn Bhd
  • Citibank Berhad

Equity Crowdfunding (ECF)

  • 1337 Ventures Sdn Bhd
  • Ata Plus Sdn Bhd
  • Crowdo Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  • Ethis Ventures Sdn Bhd
  • Eureeca SEA Sdn Bhd
  • FBM Crowdtech Sdn Bhd
  • Fundnel Technologies Sdn Bhd
  • MyStartr Sdn Bhd
  • Pitch Platforms Sdn Bhd
  • Crowdplus Sdn Bhd

Peer-to-Peer Financing (P2P)

  • Bay Smart Capital Ventures Sdn Bhd
  • B2B Finpal Sdn Bhd
  • Capsphere Services Sdn Bhd
  • Crowd Sense Sdn Bhd
  • Ethis Kapital Sdn Bhd
  • FBM Crowdtech Sdn Bhd
  • MicroLEAP PLT
  • Modalku Ventures Sdn Bhd
  • Moneysave (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Peoplender Sdn Bhd
  • QuicKash Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Digital Asset Exchange (DAX)

  • Luno Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  • SINEGY Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Tokenize Technology (M) Sdn Bhd

Property Crowdfunding (PCF)

  • EdgeProp Sdn Bhd
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